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Don't Fear for Your Kids

faith inspiration parenting Sep 04, 2021

Here's a good word for the times, from Alex Cravens. I agree with him and want to spread this faith-filled word! I hope we will all, no matter how difficult, take it to heart:

"Don’t feel sorry for or fear for your kids because the world they are going to grow up in is not what it used to be.
God created them and called them for the exact moment in time that they’re in. Their life wasn’t a coincidence or an accident.
Raise them up to know the power they walk in as children of God.
Train them up in the authority of His Word.
Teach them to walk in faith knowing that God is in control.
Empower them to know they can change the world.
Don’t teach them to be fearful and disheartened by the state of the world but hopeful that they can do something about it.
Every person in all of history has been placed in the time that they were in because of God’s sovereign plan.
He knew Daniel could handle the lions...
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Get Organized This Way -- it's FAST and FUN!

home organization Aug 21, 2021
Do you want to start the semester organized and on top of things?
Check out my strategies in the OAK Mindmap.
These strategies not only get you organized 3-4x faster, they also help you raise confident, competent kids.
I will soon be opening a free 5-day training explaining the mindmap and giving small action steps to get you kick started toward your goals.
The training will be held within a private group only open for a short time.
Do these strategies really work?
Yes! They are tried and true...and FUN!
Coach Mom Tribers applied these strategies in July and made a boatload of progress toward their goals.
Clara Carr really shined. This is what her July looked like:
  • Organized 19 areas in her home and posted before and after photos in the group
  • Sons organized and maintained their bedrooms 15 min/day 
  • Created cool family slogan to boost morale
  • Wrote notes of appreciation to her family members commending their work
  • Honored accomplishments with a...
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Kids Off Screens: The Unplug & Create Challenge Results

parenting Aug 13, 2021

More than two hundred hours of creative fun. That was what Elisha Scarborough, one of the Coach Mom Tribe kids, pulled off last month during the Unplug & Create Challenge.

But he wasn't the only one. Coach Mom Tribe kids earned a total of more than 5,000 stars, with each star equating 15 minutes of non-screen creative play. That's more than 1,000 hours documented of creative fun in the month of July.

With a goal to help moms get kids off screens this summer and into more enriching activities, last month the focus of the Coach Mom Tribe was a challenge designed just for the kids!

The Challenge was to do as many creative activities as they could in the month of July.  The object:

  • greatly reduce brain-numbing screen time spent on things like iPads, phones, video games & TV
  • exercise their brains 
  • have fun

While I gave them an extensive list of almost thirty fun and creative things they could do, they put my ideas in the dust with the fun things they found to do...

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A Prescription for America's Identity Crisis

inspiration Jul 31, 2021

Imagine the map of the United States of America decked out in red, white & blue and lounging on a long couch as the doctor sits beside taking notes. "Doctor, I'm afraid I'm in a bit of an identity crisis," it said.

While identity crises typically happen for teens, I believe events the last years have landed the United States of America in its own identity crisis.

Identity Crisis (n): A developmental event that involves a person questioning their sense of self or place in this world.

Could we agree that the past years' events have left our country questioning its sense of self and place in this world? 

Quotes from our Founding Fathers clearly show our foundation and identity. Research of Founding Fathers' writings shows they considered God and the Bible an important part of government and that America was founded in partnership with, and under, God.

George Washington, the first President of the United States, is a great example. He once wrote,"Of all the...

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12 Fun Ideas to Get Kids Off Their Screens

parenting Jul 17, 2021

We are in the midst of an "Unplug From Screens & Create" Challenge in the Coach Mom Tribe this month, complete with a grand prize incentive.

I'm so excited about the great non-screen things that the kids are doing! Cooking/bakingclimbing treeswalking dogs, making homemade "hurdles" to practice with, harvesting garden veggies, creating robot costumes out of extra boxes, making edible slime, even inventing some homemade mouse traps to serve the family!

Would you like to get your kids off screens and on to beneficial activities?

Here are 12 of the many ideas I had for my Coach Mom Tribe kids:

  1. Play outside in sprinkler
  2. Write a letter to your grandparents
  3. Speed stack cups (can buy online)
  4. Make inventions out of recyclable materials such as buttons, bottle caps, yarn, leather strips, wire, boxes, etc. 
  5. Write a poem
  6. Collect insects, leaves, grass, etc. and study them under a microscope or magnifying glass
  7. Cut...
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Happy Independence Day!

faith inspiration Jul 03, 2021

A few reflections you might share with your children on what makes America so beautiful and praiseworthy...

The U.S.A. is the only country, ever, (including ancient and modern day Israel), to be founded on an idea and not an ethnicity.

Our founders boldly declared this idea in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self evident. That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

It is clear that they believed that the God of the Bible was involved in the birth of our nation. In the Declaration of Independence they used words like "Creator", "Supreme Judge of the World", "Nature's God", and "Divine Providence".

We can also see the same theme in countless writings of historians.

  • In his private journal, George Washington gave credit to the "finger of Providence" when it came to both the formation...
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Children, Let's Honor Those who Protect us

parenting Jun 12, 2021
It's shameful. 
America's local and state law enforcement officers have suffered so much negativity and hate by a small but powerful minority this last year.
Though this group is small, with the voice of media, they have campaigned to try to turn America against the ones who put their lives on the line every day to protect us.
How ludicrous is that?
Not only do our law enforcement officers deserve our honor and respect, we need to be intentional to teach our children the importance of  honoring and respecting those who uphold the law in our communities.
The American Family Association has initiated a Day of Prayer and Appreciation For Law Enforcement, slated for Sunday, June 13. 
Let's get behind this!
This is a great way for us to let them know we appreciate their work.

These are some ways we can get involved: 

As you gather for your main family meal on Sunday, pray for law...

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Simple and Powerful Ways to Connect with Your Teen

parenting Jun 05, 2021

Do you have teens?


Would you like to build a stronger relationship with them?


Get some powerful ideas in this interview Brenna did with family coach Dr. Cam.


Click here to watch the interview on YouTube

Click here to listen to the Apple podcast

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Have You Taught Your Children These 3 Memorial Day Facts?

faith inspiration parenting May 31, 2021

Happy Memorial Day!  Some interesting things about today...

1. How many Americans understand the true meaning behind Memorial Day?

According to a recent survey of 2,000 Americans, just 43% were aware it’s a holiday honoring those who died in service while in the U.S. Armed Forces.

2. How many understand the Moment of Remembrance?

Only half of those polled understood that this is a moment when Americans are asked to pause for one minute to remember those who have died in U.S. military service.

But a third surveyed were able to select the correct time for when it takes place — 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

3. How many Americans understand the term "Gold Star Family"?

Half of Americans polled knew this is a family who has lost a loved one in military service.

To see the flag identifying a Gold Star Family, click here and scroll down.


If you are an American, what can you do to make the most of Memorial Day?

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Dare to be Dangerous

faith May 29, 2021

Really, Chris?  A black car with black rims and grill and black leather interior? I wasn’t sure it really “fit” me. 

In our search to replace my 2006 Honda Odyssey well-loved van, I had in mind a white know, one that makes you think “glory” or “shine” when you look at it.

But Chris had his heart set on taking me to see this car. I prayed as we headed to see it that the Lord would make it clear if this car was not the one (because he had a different white one picked out for me!)

As we started the car and test drove it, I smiled when I heard a song by Mercy Me playing on the radio. And, wow, I was impressed with all the amenities its great condition for such a reasonable asking price.

After the test drive, the owner was showing us some features on the screen and we saw the words “El Peligroso”.

“What’s El Peligroso?” we asked.

“It’s the name of the car,” he answered.


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